Wednesday's games: 5 things to watch for
Need to get one last fix of day baseball before it's time to head back to school? Wednesday might be your day. There's afternoon baseball across the country, and some night games for the later crowd.
Here are five things to watch for:
• Holland returns: SEA @ TEX, 2:05 p.m. ET
The Rangers are hoping the return of Derek Holland can give them a boost down the stretch. The left-hander is making his first start since April 10 after a long disabled-list stint, and he got up to 89 pitches in his last rehab start with Triple-A Round Rock. To help his case, Holland is 9-2 with a 2.95 ERA all time against Seattle.
• Santana struggling: MIN @ NYY, 1:05 p.m. ET
Twins right-hander Ervin Santana has not fared well since returning from an 80-game suspension, giving up five or more runs in four of his eight starts as his ERA has climbed to 5.66. He'll be up against Nathan Eovaldi, who threw a season-high eight innings against the Twins on July 26.
• Complete Kluber: CLE @ BOS, 7:10 p.m. ETVideo: [email protected]: Kluber dominates in complete-game victory
Corey Kluber has been turning in the kind of performances that won him the American League Cy Young Award last year, with two straight complete games entering Wednesday's tilt against the Red Sox. The right-hander has a 2.78 ERA over his last 18 starts. Joe Kelly, meanwhile, has won three straight starts for the Red Sox.
• Buehrle rolling: TOR @ PHI, 7:05 p.m. ET
While the Blue Jays have been enjoying some success as a team lately, veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle has been on his own personal hot streak. Buehrle has a 2.17 ERA since June 1 (13 starts) and has thrown at least seven innings in 10 of his last 11 games. He'll be up against fellow southpaw Adam Morgan, who has a quality start in three of his last four games.
• Strasburg at Coors: WAS @ COL, 8:40 p.m. ET
It's no secret the Nationals need to get going if they want to make a playoff push, and Stephen Strasburg will have to be a factor. The right-hander is 3-3 lifetime against the Rockies (with a 2.77 ERA), but he has never beaten Colorado at Coors Field (he has a 5.56 ERA there). Lefty Jorge De La Rosa starts for the Rockies.